Weekly Report 2/20 to 2/26
There are a few things that I could talk about this week, but I will forgo doing so. I much rather talk about the painting I did this weekend. In two days, I painted twenty paintings and filmed most of the process. Never before have I painted in such a way. It felt different. I was not creating a painting. No, I was instead developing myself and living the life of an artist. There is no doubt about it, the quest to complete my final product has finally begun.
On Saturday I painted my first ten paintings. For the first six I only painted the value (I plan on finishing them after I finish the rest). The other four I painted with only my largest brush. It was actually quite interesting. The process of learning how to paint the same object ten times is feels challenging, but the repetition helps me see my weaknesses more clearly. Surprisingly, it only took me four hours. This led me to naively think that if I could finish the first ten in fours hours, then the rest should be completed the the same pace. I was completely wrong.
I believe that because I painted with a smaller brush and colored all of my paintings, it took me much longer to complete the next ten paintings. On Sunday, my creativity and endurance were truly tested. I needed a new angle to paint from, but I needed to find different places to paint said angle. On the other hand, I struggled to find different ways to paint. I began with a semi-realistic approach, then began dabbing the next few with a large brush, and I finished the last few with a more block-like style. Dabbing as a form of painting did not feel natural in such a small scale especially because I used a large brush, so I plan to try it again with a smaller brush.
I actually learned quite a few things from doing these. Firstly, I need to keep a solid pace. Seven hours to create ten paintings is unacceptable. Secondly, I should take ten minute breaks every hour. Painting like this is taxing. Taking breaks will make me more efficient in my work and it will help nurture creativity. Lastly, but most importantly, I have to accept whatever I create. Every minute I waste redoing something is precious time I could be using to start on a new painting. It is much more important to learn from the mistake I made on one of my paintings and avoid it in future paintings than to recreate the same paintings. In all honesty, every mistake adds to my final product. The mistakes show to all, including myself, that I am still developing and learning. I am not a professional, so I should not regard myself as one. Of course, I am trying to live as a professional. The goal, however, is not to become a painter, it is to learn if I want to be a painter. For that reason, I will embrace mistakes as platforms for improvement.